Fr. Joel Hastings
Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/05/17
What does the Catholic Church say about the rapture?
For those who may be unfamiliar, some groups of non-Catholic Christians believe in a “rapture” event (or perhaps multiple events) which they see as a future event that happens before the “final tribulation” (as their perspective also sees it) ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/28/17
Do saints go to Mass in heaven?
This question is a good follow-up from the recent article on whether there are many religions in heaven. You may recall from that column that there is no need for religion in heaven, as all will be in perfect union ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/21/17
Could you say something about the importance of the role of godparents for baptism?
Perhaps you have had this experience: you have chosen godparents for your own children whom you believed to be good choices but who have not stayed connected with your children’s faith journey as ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/14/17
What’s the difference between sharing news and gossiping? Like…criminals; or people in the news?
In a time when the term “fake news” has come into common use by some to describe information that is put forth by members of the press that in many cases seeks to slander ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/07/17
I’m new to the Extraordinary Form (EF) Mass [that is, the Latin Mass offered according to the 1962 Roman Missal]. I heard a group of people in the narthex discussing a “dress code” for the EF Mass. Could you explain please?
I thank the questioner for an ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/31/17
Are there all kinds of different religions in heaven like there are on earth?
In order to more effectively give the answer to this simple question, let me begin by speaking to what religion is and to explain its real purpose.
The very reality of ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/24/17
When a person dies is it necessary to have a funeral?
According to the introduction of the Church’s ritual book called Order of Christian Funerals, “At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/17/17
What is the “Great Amen” and what is its importance?
The “Great Amen,” as it has come to be referred to in some circles, is understood as that “amen” that is sung (or spoken) at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Prayer. The priest concludes the Eucharistic Prayer ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/10/17
Since Mary was present at Jesus’ passion and Joseph was not, is it assumed that Joseph was dead by then?
It is correct that Joseph is understood to have already died by the time of Jesus’ arrest, passion, death, and resurrection.
That said, in tradition ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/26/17
What is the nature of God’s emotions? Does He experience sadness for our sin or joy when we glorify Him?
I appeal first to the definitions of St. Thomas Aquinas, who considers our human emotions (or what he calls “passions”) as those movements of our “sensitive appetite” ... Read More »